Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fun Monday # 12 - Favorite Recipe(s)

Lisa - The Food Snob is the gracious host this week. Her challenge is:

I want to see your favorite recipe, be it either because your grandmother wrote it, it's the easiest thing you can slap together that everyone likes, it makes you feel healthy, it's cheap, etc. You don't have to make it (although you could if you want) but let us see the index card, cookbook, printed paper from the web, and why it's a favorite in your house. If you have a lot, just pick one, I know I'll have to!

This is a favorite of my boys. In the fall/winter, they call me to see when I am going to make a batch - then they stop by to pick up some to take home. Neither one of their spouses will make them for them - nobody can do it like Mom !!

Cowboy Beans

2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion (chopped)
1 (16 oz) can pork and beans
1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans
1 (16 oz) can Great Northern beans
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup catsup
1 tsp. mustard
1 tsp. white vinegar

In a medium skillet, brown ground beef and onion. Put the mixture in a slow cooker (crock pot). Add remaining ingredients and mix well (do not drain the beans). Let simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours on low. Makes 8 to 12 servings.

For my boys, the servings are cut in half, well ... because they like it and eat a larger than normal serving. We like to fix corn bread to go with it.

I got this recipe from my Mother when I left home. As you can see from the recipe card, it has been around a while and used many times. My kids like them, I like them, my siblings like them and even my ex-husband has asked me to make them (I gave him the recipe and told him to do it himself!!). It is a must around the holidays and any time there is a family gathering. They are easy to make and very tasty.

No Bake Cookies

Mix together in a sauce pan:

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 lb. butter (1 stick)
4 Tbsp. cocoa

Bring to a full boil and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 2 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 cup peanut butter. Blend well, stir in 2 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal. Spoon onto waxed paper and let cool.

I get lazy and spread the mixture on a cookie sheet, let cool, then cut into squares.

Make sure you go and visit Lisa to see what others show as their favorites. Then, make plans to try them all before the year is over !! (I will)


SJ said...

I have never tried Cowboy Beans, and I know all about No Bake Cookies.

It's time to make some that's for sure, it's been a long time.

Joy T. said...

Your Cowboy Beans recipe looks awful close to my chili recipe, but I like the name Cowboy Beans so much better! And seeing your No Bake Cookie recipe card reminded me how much I used to make these cookies when the kids were younger and they loved them. I lost the recipe but I think I might just make up a batch while they're at school this week :o)

Willowtree said...

I'm always on the lookout for bean recipes. I might try those cookies too.

Fianna said...

Mmmmm!! They both look great! I have started a document to cut and paste all these fantastic recipes into. Yours are the first! Thank you!!

theotherbear said...

I've never heard of no bake cookies. I might try them for the folks at work.

Lisa said...

I've never heard of no-bake cookies, either, and they sound dangerously easy!
Thanks for posting!

Amy W said...

If only my husband ate beans...

Anonymous said...

NO BAKE COOKIES are the BOMB. If you make them and you dont boil enough they will be runny and if you boil to much they will be dry.
( Just thought I would let you guys know). They are like Pringles "once you pop you cant stop". LB

Kaytabug said...

OH yea baby! No bake cookies are the best!! One of my best friends gave me that recipe along with the hint that the anonymous just left! I will have to try it your way by spreading it out on a cookie sheet and making squares!!
I love easy Crockpot meals I am defiantly trying this one!!! Thanks for sharing!!

susan said...

I think my aunt gave us both of those recipes years ago. That's so funny how they tend to circle around like that

Julie said...

Cowboy Beans sound yummy - although I have no idea what a Great Northern Bean is.

CPA Mom said...

Your cowboy beans sounds a lot like my crazy beans - but we have bacon in it. BACON! Yum.

I've made the no-bake cookies quite a bit but not since Tigger was diagnosed with Peanut I'm missing them.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I love those no-bake cookies. That was probably the ONLY recipe I ever made during childhood. They are soo good.

Pamela said...

hmmm... cowboy beans...
makes me think of that fireside scene in Blazing Saddles

I have a similar recipe- and haven't made it in years.

Karmyn R said...

I LOVE no-bake cookies. I remember helping my mom make them - cause it was sooooo easy and really no waiting time (except to cool).

my4kids said...

We love no bake cookies. I might have to try the cowboy beans! The kids would like those.

ChrisB said...

No bake cookies sounds very interesting. I had to go google 'catsup'!!

Beccy said...

Must try no bake cookies, they sound wonderful.